Developmental considerations in the definition of child maltreatment

J. Lawrence Aber, Edward Zigler

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Conflict among definitions of child maltreatment abounds. Diagnostic, sociological, legal, and research approaches each focus on a different aspect of the phenomenon as the defining factor. Improved definitions require careful analysis of objectives for defining child maltreatment and a consideration of the developmental nature of the phenomenon.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-29
Number of pages29
JournalNew directions for child and adolescent development
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1981

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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